2017 Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships in Marine Microbial Ecology

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Opportunity
The Simons Foundation invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships to support research on fundamental problems in marine microbial ecology. The foundation is particularly interested in applicants with training in different fields who want to apply their experience to understanding the role of microorganisms in shaping ocean processes and vice versa, as well as applicants with experience in modeling or theory development. While these cross-disciplinary applicants will receive particular attention, applicants already involved in ocean research are also encouraged to apply. The foundation anticipates awarding five fellowships in 2017.

Eligibility
Applicants must have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degree within two years of the fellowship’s start date. Preference will be for applicants with no more than one year of postdoctoral experience. Applicants may be citizens of any country. Awards can only be issued to nonprofit research universities or research institutions in the U.S.

Award
The award is for three years, contingent upon satisfactory annual progress reports, and will include an annual stipend of $62,000, an annual allowance of up to $10,000 for health insurance for the fellow and family and an annual research allowance of $10,000 for the fellow. Any unexpended health insurance funds must be returned to the Simons Foundation. The research allowance may be used for research supplies, small equipment (including computers), attendance at scientific meetings and other research-related travel. Up to $2,000 of the research allowance may be used for relocation of the fellow and family to the host institution. Relocation costs must be in accordance with the policies of the host institution. Payment cannot be made directly to fellows. No indirect or overhead costs may be charged. Policies and procedures governing this award can be found at the following link.

Applications must include

  • Short summary of prior research experience and a personal autobiographical statement (two pages)
  • Brief research proposal with title (two to three pages, plus references and one page for figures)
  • Biosketches of the applicant and sponsor, including publications
  • Technical abstract
  • Letters of recommendation from applicant’s thesis advisor and two additional research scientists, and letter of support from the postdoctoral research sponsor, who must acknowledge acceptance of the applicant to his or her laboratory. Confidential letters must be submitted through proposalCENTRAL (see instructions) by June 15, 2017.
  • Budget (three years)
  • Brief budget justification
  • Renewable reagents and data-sharing plan
  • Signed signature page with institutional approval to document the commitment from the fellow’s institution(s) to administer the fellowship

Instructions for Submission
All proposals must be completed electronically and submitted using forms provided at proposalCENTRAL. To submit your proposal:

  • Log in to proposalCENTRAL using your username and password. If you are a new user, click on the create one now button under application login. Your registered email also works as your username. If you forgot your log-in information, you can retrieve your username and password from proposalCENTRAL by clicking the forgot your username/password? link under application login.
  • To apply, after you log in, select the gray grant opportunities tab on the right side of the page and scroll down to the Simons Foundation section. Then click on apply now in the life sciences – simons postdoctoral fellowships in marine microbial ecology row. For assistance with proposalCENTRAL, please call 800-875-2562 or email pcsupport(replace this with the @ sign)altum.com.

Deadline and Notification Schedule

Application available

Application deadline

Applicants notified of funding decisions

Accept or decline deadline

Fellowships commence

April 13, 2017

June 15, 2017 5:00 p.m. EDT

September 15, 2017

October 15, 2017

First of the month from October 1, 2017 through April 1, 2018

Contacts

Program inquiries: lifesciences(replace this with the @ sign)simonsfoundation.org

Administrative inquiries: lifegrants(replace this with the @ sign)simonsfoundation.org | 646-751-1280

Technical assistance: pcsupport(replace this with the @ sign)altum.com  | 800-875-2562